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MSI Z87-G43 Gaming Motherboard Review

Rating: 9.0.

With so much of Haswell’s performance being related to on-chip parameters, many users are quick to question the relevance of a high-end motherboard. Does MSI’s Z87-G43 Gaming act as proof that an entry-level board can compete with the high-end contenders on the Z87 chipset?

Featuring support for two-way CrossFire (albeit via a slow, PCI-E 2.0 x4 slot), high-speed memory, and automatic overclocking, the most notable aspect missing from the MSI Z87-G43 Gaming is SLI compatibility. But to gamers who don’t require the functionality of two Nvidia cards, the board’s gaming-orientated features, such as a Killer NIC, MSI’s Audio Boost system (with Sound Blaster Cinema support), and a gaming device port, could prove their worth.

Built around MSI’s tried-and-tested Military Class 4 components, can the red and black Z87-G43 Gaming prove that it can compete in the entry-level gaming motherboard market?

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Features:

  • Killer E2200 Series NIC.
  • Audio Boost.
  • Sound Blaster Cinema.
  • OC Genie 4.
  • Military Class 4.
  • Gaming Device Port.
  • CrossFire support.

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